Discovering Electricity

This week is all about engineering. We learned about electricity, magnets, parachutes and more. Learning about electricity was so much fun!

We started the lesson by talking about static electricity. We had fun rubbing the balloons against our heads and watching our hair stick up. I told my girls to try sticking the balloons to the wall. They stuck! Earlier this week, I overheard my 4 year old talking to a friend. That had just gotten red balloons from a music class. My daughter tells her friend, “Did you know that if you rub your hair on the balloon, it will stick to the wall. It’s called Static Electricity!!” Then, they both tried it. I was super impressed that she remembered what it was called and she taught her friend something new.

Next we talked about electrical currents. Mother Goose Time sent the awesome worksheet shown below. The students connect the numbers (in numerical order) and it goes around like a circuit. The light bulb is connected with a wire that leads to the battery. The battery has a wire that leads to the light bulb. And without all of these components, the light bulb won’t turn on. If you get rid of the wires or battery, the light bulb won’t turn on. We liked the worksheet because it showed a visual representation of an electrical circuit.

We also talked about outlets and being safe. Outlets have electricity in them and could shock you if you stick your finger in them. I shared a story of when I was younger, there was a boy in school who stuck his gum wrapper in an outlet to see what would happen. It sparked and caught on fire. My girls said that they don’t ever want to stick anything in an outlet. I don’t know if my story scared them, or if they understand to be cautious.

I brought out a light bulb and we talked about how light bulbs work in the house. The girls had fun observing and playing (carefully) with the light bulb. We examined the light bulb to see what was inside.

Then, for our art activity, we colored in paper light bulbs. We knew kind of how they should look from examining the real light bulb. We still made it look like our own.

For our last activity, we took out flashlights to observe and play around with to see how they work. The girls took out the batteries of the flashlight and tried to put it back together again. They quickly discovered that if the batteries aren’t in the right way, the flashlight won’t work. We talked a little bit about negative and positive charges.

Electricity was so much fun to learn about. Next week, we will finish our science lab month with Biology. It should be pretty neat. I’m excited to see what we are going to be learning about.

** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!

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